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Arusha, Tanzania (via Hartville, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   July 30, 2017

Born in Stark County, Ohio, aka God's country. OSU 1977-81. Now living in Tanzania, East Africa. It ain't for sissies.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Kicked winning FG in 4th quarter to beat Tuslaw in 1975.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Don Taylor, PK, BGSU, 1972-75
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Alan Hornyak “The Bellaire Bomber”
  • NFL TEAM: Browns pre-1996; 2018-
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: seriously?

Recent Activity

Comment 09 Oct 2019

Here are the NFL regulations for jersey numbers.


Article 2

All players must wear numerals on their jerseys in accordance with Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3(c). Such numerals must be by playing position, as follows:
(a) quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers: 1-19;
(b) running backs and defensive backs: 20-49;
(d) offensive guards and tackles: 60-79;
(e) wide receivers: 10-19 and 80-89;
(f) tight ends: 80-89;

Comment 22 Sep 2019

For Xichigan to do nothing after last year’s shellacking wasn’t an option. To say IT WAS JUST ONE GAME is wrong. OSU is their rival, but also their yardstick and their Moby Dick. In their best season in years, they were measured and found wanting. Changes were needed, but it is possible that they have indeed gotten away from who they are scheme-wise and philosophically as a coaching staff.

Comment 22 Sep 2019

NCAA keeps their stats here.

Comment 02 Aug 2019

September 10, 1977. OSU 10, Miami (FL) 0.

Grew a Buckeyes fan (thanks, Dad!)

I was a Fr. and classes hadn’t even started yet. I believe it was the first meeting between the two schools. Lou Saban (“They’re killing me, Whitey! They’re killing me!”) was Miami’s head coach. - for those too young to know Lou Saban.

Comment 02 Aug 2019

September 10, 1977. OSU 10, Miami (FL) 0.

I was a Fr. and classes hadn’t even started yet. I believe it was the first meeting between the two schools. Lou Saban (“They’re killing me, Whitey! They’re killing me!”) was Miami’s head coach. - for those too young to know Lou Saban.

Comment 31 Jul 2019

#1: 2003 NC vs. Miami

#2: Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta. Dallas-Buffalo round 2. Took my dad. He was a huge Browns fan and he actually got to see Bernie Kosar play in a Super Bowl, even if it was just the final kneel down at the end.

#3. OSU-Oklahoma 1977. Damn you, Ewe.

Comment 30 Jul 2019

2012. OSU Michigan. Urban’s first season. My son was just back from the Middle East (he’s career Army). I am taking him to his first OSU game (I am a terrible father, I know). We buy 2 tics from a scalper, turns out they were counterfeit. $400+ lost. But we didn’t know until we try to enter the stadium. OSU people were great. We were escorted to the ticket office and were allowed to buy 2 tix at face value. Another $200 or so, but hey. Sat up next to the sheriffs and the flagpoles atop C deck in the closed end. But he got to see us beat TTUN and finish the perfect 12-0 season.

Comment 30 Jul 2019

Been living in East Africa for 6 years now. We are 7 hrs ahead, 8 once you turn the clocks back. So those 8 pm prime time games in November start at 4 am here. Typically I will watch 1st half of the noon kickoff games, go to bed about 9:30-10:00, get a solid 6 hrs of shuteye. Haven’t missed one yet in 6 seasons. Nothing like scrambled eggs and coffee at halftime. 3:30 starts are the toughest. 11:30 pm here, ending at 3 am sometimes. Getting too old for those late nights.

Power outages are common, so I am sure my neighbors have used my name in vain a few times when I cranked up the Honda generator at 2 in the morning.

Comment 25 Jun 2019

A lot of folks hate the NCAA. I get it. But what do you propose to replace it with? Collegiate athletics has to be governed. By who?

I am no shrill for the NCAA. They get it wrong a lot. A LOT. I believe there needs to be a reform movement within the NCAA, driven by its member institutions. 

But as long as there are boosters, bagmen and amoral coaches, SOMEBODY has to try and keep the playing field level. I am all ears if you have a better solution.

Comment 25 Jun 2019

This will be fascinating to watch.

California schools may ignore the law and deny student-athletes to be paid because it breaks the NCAA’s rules. Remember, NCAA is a voluntary association and all members agree to abide by the ruling body’s rules. In this scenario, students would sue the California universities. 

Result 1: University wins and the law becomes unenforceable and eventually repealed.

Result 2: Students win. NCAA now has a mess on their hands. It wouldn’t take long for California schools to have a HUGE swing in their favor. After all, who wouldn’t go there to get paid AND be eligible for championships? OH, AL, GA, FL, SC, TX, etc., would pass similar laws very quickly. You think SEC, OSU, etc., wouldn’t respond immediately? And that’s just the football side. What about KS, NC, KY and all those basketball blue bloods? 

Result 3: While the California situation plays out in the courts over a number of years, other states (SEC, OSU, etc.) pass similar laws. At some point critical mass is reached whereby NCAA can only ban them all from post-season participation if it wants to hasten its own demise.

The NCAA and its member institutions aren’t dumb. They see where this is all headed. My guess is that an olympics type compensation model will be adopted within the next 3-5 years.

Comment 01 Jun 2019

Let us not forget that until fairly recently the Georgia-Florida game was known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”. And “cocktail party” was a cute little euphemism to lend some class to the affair. But if you ever attended the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, “classy” probably wasn’t the first word that came to your mind.

Comment 02 Mar 2019

Born & raised in Stark County, Ohio. Avatar is Brian Bowers, who was a beast at my HS back in the day (early 70’s). Only Lake Blue Streak to my knowledge to receive a scholarship to play at OSU.

Comment 15 Oct 2018

A kickoff - including a free kick after a safety - is a live ball once it travels 10 yards and can be recovered AND advanced by either team.

Comment 20 Aug 2018

Dog, I’d be interested in your take on Henderson’s book when you’ve finished.

Comment 12 Aug 2018

OSUEXT, I agree. No way they can afford Brantley, Miller & Allen. Maybe 2 of them, probably just 1. All 3 may likely cost more than DWC suggests. And arbitration could be costly, too. Sigh. Oh, to have the Yankees revenue.

The real question is whether MLB will ever catch up to the other sports and level the playing field.

Comment 11 Aug 2018

My wife & I work for a mission organization. Mostly, we work with a local non-profit that runs a school for poor kids out in a small village west of Kilimanjaro. But lots of other community development initiatives going on as well. Never a dull moment. Wildlife here is pretty cool, too. I’m a bit of a birder, and love getting off the beaten path with my Land Cruiser and a pair of binoculars.

Comment 11 Aug 2018

It’s not too bad. Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam, then Amsterdam to Atlanta/NY/where ever. Usually takes 20-30 hrs, depending on layovers.

Comment 01 Aug 2018

I agree that Xichigan can be elite on defense. If they can get competent QB play, not elite, just competent, they can be a handful this year. Would love to see them arrive in C-bus in late November 11-0, only to leave with broken hearts and broken dreams.

Comment 30 Jul 2018

I think I read something on this site a while back about Tressel realizing he needed to upgrade the D-line, especially the DTs, after the 2006 and 2007 seasons where the SEC defensive lines were a big part of their victories. OSU's recruiting strategy for D-linemen changed after that, but it was under Tressel that it began. I agree with you that Meyer has kicked it up another notch.